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Judith Baker Montano is a Canadian fibre artist who grew up on the historic Bar U ranch in the beautiful foothills of Alberta, Canada. A love of fabrics and embellishments reflect her heritage. Her great-grandmother was a master quilter and her mother taught her needle skills at an early age. She attributes the rich, embellished ethnic influence in her work to living next door to an Indian Reservation and a Hutterite Colony where she observed beautiful handicrafts. Eight years overseas in England, Germany and Japan was another profound influence on her artwork and outlook.
Judith attended the University of California at Chico, graduating with a degree in art and journalism. Upon graduation, she painted with the San Francisco Art Guild.
She started quilting in 1976 while living in Houston, Texas. There she was an active member of the Kingswood Quilt Guild. Judith made her first prize winning quilt in 1982, winning Best of Show at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was a special victory as her great-grandmother won the same award in 1934.
She began to concentrate on applique quilting and "Pekisko Memories" a quilt depicting her childhood home, won Best of Show at the Texas State Fair and the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. It won the Mountain Mist award, the Margaret Steel award for design and colour, plus many more. It was presented to the Bar U Historical Museum in 1995 and represents ranching in Canada.
At the same time, Judith was running a successful antique shop and tearoom. For six years, people enjoyed her European menu and hospitality in an old, converted church. In 1982 she closed the shop to pursue a career in fibre arts.
Her designs soon turned to clothing and crazy quilting. Using rich fabrics, vibrant colour combinations, embroidery, beading and punch needle, original pieces took on a unique style. Judith's Indian heritage appears in many of her art garments and embellishment projects.
Experimenting with materials and sewing machine, Judith created a machine method of crazy quilting using a five-sided centerpiece, which proved to be fast and effective. This led to teaching classes and her first book on crazy quilting. Over the years she has become the leading expert on Crazy quilting and embellishments.
Judith has been honoured to be spokesperson and endorser for both Kanagawa Silk Company of Tokyo, Japan and W.F.R. Ribbons, USA distributors for Mokuba Ribbons of Tokyo, Japan.
She was presented with the prestigious "Governor General's Centennial Award of Canada" in recognition for her work in the Arts and representation of Canadians living abroad.
Judith has done commission work for International firms such as Concord Fabrics, Fairfield Batting Corp., Plaid Enterprises and Kanagawa Company. Her art garments have been featured in Cut from the Same Cloth, the Statue of Liberty Fashion Show and Fairfield-Concord Fashion Shows. Her art garments have traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East. Judith has won many awards for art garments and soft jewelry pieces. She designs for Butterick/ Vogue, Bucilla Company, Mokuba Ribbons of Tokyo, Japan Fox Hill Designs, Treenway Silks and Robert Kaufman Co.
Her work has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, Denver Colorado; Profiles Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; The Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio; Mitskoshi Department Show, Tokyo, Japan. She has been a guest artist at many Stitches and Craft Trade shows, throughout Australia; the Tokyo Hobby Shows in Tokyo, Japan; Profiles and Visions, Alberta, Canada and the La Conner Quilt Museum, La Conner, Washington.
Her designs have been featured in Quilter's Newsletter; Quilting U.S.A.; Sew Business; Quilting Down Under; Needle Craft For Today; Needle and Thread; Creative Ideas for Living; Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts; Better Homes and Gardens; McCall's Needlework; Piece Works; Quilts Japan; Craft and Needlework; Australian Quilts and Needle Craft. She is an associate editor for Belle Armoire, Art to Wear.
Judith appears on TV shows such as the Carol Duval Show, Good Morning America, The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims and Simply Quilts. She has produced tutorial videos and DVDs; Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Crazy Quilting, Embellishments, Landscapes and Judith Baker Montano Teaches You Crazy Quilting.
Judith's career has taken her from painting, to quilting, to crazy quilting and embellished embroidery artwork. Although her work keeps evolving, crazy quilting always appears in new designs, and she has turned it into a contemporary art form. She is renowned for her fibre landscapes, which incorporate all aspects of art and needlework techniques.
As the best selling author for C & T Publishing, Judith incorporates a unique combination of her photography, watercolours, pen and ink illustrations and friendly prose along with her needlework designs and love of colour.
1. Judith is the author of "Crazy Quilt Handbook" published by C&T Publishers. It covers history, traditional crazy quilting, embellishments, original designs& contemporary use. This book has sold over 175,000 copies, and was retired in its' 27th. edition in 2002.
2. A 2nd book "Crazy Quilt Odyssey - Adventures in Victorian Needlework " takes the reader from traditional crazy quilting to pictorial piecing, punch needle and silk ribbon embroidery. It is filled with wonderful patterns and photographs. Now retired and out of print.
3. "The Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery" is a vibrant book introducing silk ribbon embroidery and offers a wide array of patterns and designs. A must for the needle worker, "The Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery" won the P.C.M. Award, and over 197,000 copies have been sold.
4. Judith became a full-fledged writer with her novel "Recollections". Her artistic abilities and writing skills are displayed in this nostalgic story of family ties and heritage. The chapters are woven with sketches, watercolours. A great read for all ages.
5. "Elegant Stitches" is a stitcher's dictionary/work book. Chapters include freeform embroidery, left hand stitches, crazy quilt stitches and an extensive stitch guide. This Award-winning book is also a best seller at 193,000 copies sold to date.
6. A retrospect "The Art of Judith Baker Montano" is written on a Very personal level, and takes you from the beginning to the present of her fibre art career. Filled with vibrant colour, photographs and illustrations by Judith.... A collectors' book.
7. "Floral Stitches - an Illustrated Guide" is the companion to "Elegant Stitches." It is filled with chapters of floral stitches, crazy quilt stitches, freeform embroidery, plus all kinds of info. pertaining to flowers. This stitch guide is an award winner and today has sold over 65,000 copies.
8. "Crazy Quilt Handbook, 2nd Edition" is a completely updated revision of the old classic It is complete with colour throughout, new photos and patterns. Considered the best beginner's book for crazy quilting it features clear, concise instructions. The sales are now past 82,000 copies.
9. The Complete Embroidery Stitch Tool , published in 2007, is a flip chart style book of all types of embroidery stitches. It is a compact booklet that easily stand alone allowing the embroider to use both hands!!! This little stitch companion is well beyond 36,000 copies and still going!!!!
10. Judith's latest book is "Fibreart Montage, Combining Quilting, Embroidery and Photography With Embellishments". Her new publish house is Dragon Threads Inc. It is a hardcover, 265 page, spiral bound book full of beautiful photography and step out instructions. There are nine different subjects in one book, covering crazy quilting, photography, computer skills, watercolor painting, land/seascapes, underwater, cottages, embroidery and dying fabrics!! Judith guides you through the steps she takes to make award winning Mixed medium art pieces.
Look for Judith's' four videos "Crazy Quilting", "Embellishments", "Landscapes", and "Silk Ribbon Embroidery" as well as a gift line of wrapping paper and note cards.
She has a brand new DVD out with the Title "Judith Baker Montano teaches you Crazy Quilting!". It is a two and a half hour long DVD that covers her style of crazy quilting, embroidery, silk ribbon techniques and beading. There is a segment showing the gardens and her various projects in the studio.
An accomplished fiber artist, Judith is also a qualified teacher and lecturer. She is comfortable in the embroidery, quilting and fiber arts world. Teaching has taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Classes are varied and include clothing design, crazy quilting, embellishments, silk ribbon embroidery and fiber landscape designs.
She offers exclusive seminars in her private studio. (eight times a year) The seminars are limited to six students for five days of study. The seminars are extremely popular and book up rapidly. For more information refer to the Seminar pages on her website.
Judith travels half the year, teaching and lecturing but her heart belongs in southern Colorado. She has been returning annually to this area since attending Junior College in Trinidad, Colorado in 1968.
Judith now resides in La Veta, Colorado with her husband Ernest Shealy and an ever-growing menagerie of pets.